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Video Clip of The Week: “Donald Trump Makes Me Wanna Smoke Crack” By Ledinsky



Do you hate Donald Trump? I sure do. Are you also beyond sick of seeing his bloated, orange face on TV and hearing his racist /misogynist /xenophobic blathering? If so, then I am sure you will love this week’s Video Clip, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmoke Crack” by Atlantic Records recording artist Ledinsky.

Making this video extra special is the fact that it was created by a contest-winning fan! Directed by Peder Bergstrand – who, like Ledinsky, is from Sweden — the video premiered just last Thursday and, as you can see, it is lots of fun! Fondly recalling of the Island vibe of a song like “Don’t Worry, Be Happy, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” is an addictive pop protest anthem inspired by the Swedish-born (now based in Los Angeles) indie singer/songwriter’s increasing desperation at our political climate. Upon release, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” quickly took off; topping the Spotify Viral Charts in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Columbia, Spain, France and Hungary. Wow! The entire world seems to hate Donald Trump! Because he is just fucking heinous.

“It’s more than being about Donald Trump,” says Ledinsky. “The song is about a love for America, my adoptive parent. Donald Trump is a symbol for a regression into darkness, the end stop of the Chicago model. The frontier was once the Wild West, then the moon. Now it’s a wall.” Right on.  Ledinsky’s enthusiastic call for “Middle fingers in the air, if you’re feeling like I do” cannot be denied, and my only complaint about “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” is that it is not nearly mean enough. “DonaldTumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” can be found on Ledinsky’s recently released High Society EP — which includes guest appearances by Refused drummer David Sandstrom and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who contributes drums, guitars and keyboards while also assisting in the creation of the EP’s striking cover art. Enjoy! #ImWithHer

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Renda Writer’s World Peace Mural Tour!

Renda Writer World Peace Mural
All Photos and Video By Gail

In honor of today (September 21st) being World Peace Day, we’d like to introduce you to Miami, Florida-based street artist and Peace Advocate Renda Writer and his one-man World Peace Mural Tour: which recently saw him creating two of his multicolored-text-based World Peace wall murals here in the New York area.

Renda Writer World Peace Mural
Writer Working on his World Peace Mural at First Street Green Art Park in NYC

“My murals involve me writing the simple two-word phrase “World Peace,” repeated over and over, in various color patterns,” Writer explains. “I combine the energetic power of a written mantra with the stylistic visuals of typography, graffiti, and public art and utilize the influence and high visibility of public art to spread the simple message: “World Peace.”

Here’s a little video I made of Writer working on the mural on Sunday, September 11th.

Since conceiving the idea in April of this year, Writer has created 14 such murals in 7 different states including Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Washington DC, and most recently in New York City — where these photos and the above video were taken on September 10th and 11th — and in Mamaroneck, in Westchester County, New York on September 17th.  “These murals, as  part of my World Peace Mural Tour, are my commitment to spending the rest of my life creating “World Peace” themed murals across the world.”

Renda Writer World Peace Mural
Fans Gather at East Street Green Art Park to Celebrate the New Mural!

“Through the simple message of ‘World Peace,’  the aim is to bring World Peace into the global conversation and remind the people of the world that it is possible. This is my life’s purpose.” More information about the tour can be found at World Peace Tour Dot Com and Facebook Dot Com Slash World Peace Mural Tour.

Completed World Peace Mural

Video Clip of The Week: Vellocet,”Better Days”



I think it can be agreed upon that this has been an especially tough period of Mercury in Retrograde — with this past week being particularly brutal — so perhaps we can all relate to the sentiment expressed in this weeks Video Clip, “Better Days” by Brighton, UK-based rock band Vellocet, who definitely have their song-crafting skills nailed down.

While visually, its gorgeous footage of the English coastline  and rolling green fields would be right at home in a commercial for mood-enhancing pharmaceuticals (which is not inappropriate, considering the lyrical subject matter), we also love the footage of the group performing in a church. Because, this song is fucking righteous! “Better Days”  is an energetic, inspiring rock anthem that successfully marries melodic pop sensibilities with propulsive drumming and vibrant, chiming guitars to conjure the post-punk urgency of  bands like Wire Train. Yeah, pretty great.

If  you happen to be in the neighborhood, Vellocet are hosting the official release event for “Better Days” underneath Brighton Railway Station at The Green Door Store on the 19th of September, which is tomorrow. There is little doubt that the band kick some ass live. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link. Enjoy!

Vellocet Band

Video Clip of The Week: You Me At Six, “Night People”



OK, bitches; it’s time to wake up! Coming on with no nonsense sturm und drang, and a lead-heavy groove reminiscent of Soundgarden or Alice in Chains in their prime, You And Me At Six bring us the visually seductive clip for “Night People” — the eponymous track off the British band’s upcoming fifth album. This is our first exposure to this excellent band — who’ve mastered the elusive art of making heavy music that doesn’t lose sight of the melody — but apparently they’ve been making an impact across the water for years now; having already scored three Top 5 albums, including a UK Number 1 on their last release, Cavalier Youth. Well-deserved, from the sound of it.

While “Night People” seems to be thematically celebrating the power and the pleasure of nighttime activity (let your imagination fill in the blanks), we would certainly love to see them make a million dollars/pounds and score a sweet licensing deal in which this song is used as an integral soundtrack element in any quality vampire flick. #MakeItHappen.

You And Me At Six will release Night People on January 13, 2017 through BMG.  We can hardly wait. Enjoy!

You and Me at Six Band
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Let’s Go: Coney Island Summer Friday Fireworks!

Boardwalk at Dusk
All Photos By Gail

If you haven’t been out to Coney Island yet to see the Summer Fireworks, then this coming Friday, September 2nd is your last chance to experience the magic until they start again next June! So, you must plan your trip right now. Let’s go!

Nathan's

First of all, you should plan to arrive on the scene early enough so that you can get a Hot Dog and some Fries (or whatever else you like to eat) at Nathan’s. There is also a Nathan’s right on the Boardwalk, if you prefer a bumped up level of quality freak watching to that available at the original location on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues. The food is exactly the same at either location.

Art Wall By Crash
Art Wall By Crash

Don’t forget to stop by the Coney Art Walls, which will be up until October!

Art Wall By Nychos
Art Wall By Nychos

Art Wall By D-Face
Art Wall By D*Face

Snow Cone Stand

While you stroll along the Boardwalk, stop by this Snow Cone Stand and treat yourself to an additional refreshment!

View of Boardwalk from Sand

Even if you are going to pass on checking out any of the Luna Park rides, because you have just eaten at Nathan’s and do not want to barf,  it is wonderful just to look at everything when it is all lit up against the night sky. Head out to the sand early and watch all of the action from the beach, while you listen to the delighted screams and shrieks from people on the rides! Wee!

Scream Zone

Wonder Wheel

Oh, the beautifulness.

Parachute Jump at Night

Now it is 9:30 PM, and time for the Fireworks to begin! Lets go to the video!

The full show lasts much longer than 2 minutes, but you get the idea.

Luna Park at Night

Williams Candy Shop

And then stop by Williams Candy Shop on the way to the train to pick up a sweet treat to take home! What a fun adventure!

Find out more about the Coney Island Fireworks, as well as other fun stuff to do on your visit, at This Link!

Red Wheel

Video Clip of The Week: Bleeker, Highway

While my days of hypersexual girl-fandom are far behind me, I’ve still got a pulse. One look at this week’s featured Video Clip, “Highway” from Canadian power-trio Bleeker, prompts me to declare that these three hot young guys playing some seriously hook-sharp rock should be out there stealing the fans away from Justin Beiber and similar nad-less dweebs at a fairly steady clip. I mean, why not? Come on ladies, get with the program!

The wildly exuberant video for “Highway” features a collection of behind-the-scenes and live footage from the band’s recent tour as well as day-to-day life for  vocalist Taylor Perkins, Guitarist Cole Perkins (yes they are brothers) and Bassist Mike Van Dyk. Aurally, Bleeker valiantly hijacks blues-based rock, infusing it with a rousing power pop energy mixed with a visceral rock swagger that just can’t be denied. Simply stated, this band is hot stuff!

“Highway” is the featured single off the Bleeker’s debut self-titled EP, which has already racked up over 500k streams on Spotify,  and garnered radio play on stations in the U.S. (KRXP, KFMA, WBUZ), Canada (HTZ FM, The Wolf), and Germany – wow! Those Germans: they love the Rock.  Like Bleecker — and find out when they are touring — on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!

Bleeker Band

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Video Clip of The Week: The Pooches, “The Light”



Here’s the thing: Geoffrey’s neighbor owns an adorable little white dog named Teddy, who just happens to look exactly like the pooch in this fun video, which is at least partially why “The Light” from Glasgow melodic popsters The Pooches is this week’s featured Video Clip! Also, I love that you can easily mistake the 15 to 35 second mark for a dog food commercial. Just being serious.

Originally a one-man home recording project of singer Jimmy Hindle, but now now expanded to a 4 piece with Calvin Halliday on drums, Andy Kelly on guitar and Gavin Cormack on bass, The Pooches lo-fi pop charms have been described as sounding “like Julian Casablancas fronting The Beach Boys.” I am not the biggest fan of Casablancas‘ band, The Strokes, but I can see what they’re getting at, considering the band draw influences from the untouchable Stiff Records sound of bands like Any Trouble and Squeeze, the power-pop jangle of Big Star, whilst simultaneously carrying on the tradition of Glaswegian indie-pop stalwarts The Pastels and Teenage Fanclub.

Have I dropped enough band names here? Probably. The Pooches‘ self-titled debut full-length record is released on September 9th, 2016 via Lame-O Records. Enjoy!

Pooches CD Art